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Increase trust, reduce fear

“The most critical challenge for any organization is to enlarge the circle of trust.”

Command-and-control systems reflect a deep mistrust of employees’ commitment and competence. They also tend to overemphasize sanctions as a way of forcing compliance. That’s why so many organizations are filled with anxious employees who are hesitant to take the initiative or trust their own judgment. Organizational adaptability, innovation, and employee engagement can only thrive in a high-trust, low-fear culture. In such an environment, information is widely shared, contentious opinions are freely expressed, and risk taking is encouraged. Fear paralyzes, mistrust demoralizes—they must be wrung out of our management systems.

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238 Hacks
22 Barriers

Increase trust, reduce fear

“The most critical challenge for any organization is to enlarge the circle of trust.”

Command-and-control systems reflect a deep mistrust of employees’ commitment and competence. They also tend to overemphasize sanctions as a way of forcing compliance. That’s why so many organizations are filled with anxious employees who are hesitant to take the initiative or trust their own judgment. Organizational adaptability, innovation, and employee engagement can only thrive in a high-trust, low-fear culture. In such an environment, information is widely shared, contentious opinions are freely expressed, and risk taking is encouraged. Fear paralyzes, mistrust demoralizes—they must be wrung out of our management systems.

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By reconsidering the idea of a 'job creation program', individuals in a low income public housing area were able to take on the level of responsibility they were comfortable with, learn new skills and
Story by Martin Butcher on October 28, 2011
My first real job was as a carpenter helper with Goodwin and Murphy construction company on a bridge building job on interstate 65 just south of Verbena, Alabama.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on April 14, 2015
Implement a revolutionary, transparent corporate environment that: (1) allows meritocracy to assert its proper influence on the decision-making process; (2) eradicates the power of brow
Hack by Alice Huang on June 25, 2010
Finding ways to impact every employee on a personal level. Recognizing the development of your future Leaders does not mean ownership of their life.
Hack by Felicia Simmons on March 20, 2011
Many organisations of various sizes are built on hierarchy and driven by status, encouraging people up the organisational management ladder.
Hack by Heidi De Wolf on December 10, 2013
Providing Unique solution to the age old problem of Organisations that tend to lose employees and business due to inherent incompetencies of unit heads and management,inorder to sustain business growt
Hack by Shilpi Chauhan on February 13, 2016
Working in an environment with many distributed offices and timezones and correspondingly silo'ed projects, many employees never meet talented, creative folks on other teams who can be co-conspirators
Hack by Vijay Karunamurthy on September 19, 2010

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